Thursday, January 12, 2006

James Kunstler Is Depressing

I've been reading James Kunstler's sort-of-a-blog-with-writing-samples that includes his "Manifesto" describing the less than desirable expected future for the US.

I get e-mail from people who object to what they construe to be an excessively pessimistic view of our national scene. Well, what if you suggested to the people of Germany in 1936 that Dresden would be turned into an ashtry within a decade and that Berliners would cut down all the trees in the Tiergarten to heat their homes? ...

He's very negative, but unfortunately, I agree with most of what he says, which is depressing. He's not a fan of Wal-Mart, Las Vegas, strip cities, suburban sprawl or government ineptitude. I guess the difference is that I still hold onto hope that we can fix this thing. I think instituting high gas prices now rather than later will go a long way toward ameliorating some of these problems. Instituting a carbon tax will require some critical changes in the way we are governed. We need someone we trust to tell us what the real deal is. Right now, it is the Web that nurtures my hope.

1/12/2006 5:50 PM

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At Wednesday, February 15, 2006 5:00:00 PM, Blogger Lila Byall said...

Kunstler too has hope that we can fix this thing. The nature of the fix may be what's at odds here.

Kunstler's idea of repair involves a return to a more manageable way of life (less oil consumption, less sprawl, better public transport, livable cities).

He is manifestly convinced that the society of present cannot be 'fixed' only to continue behaving the way it is today. That way of life will be as infeasible as the life of a goldminer in the Klondike after 1900.


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